President Dr.Ruto unveiled a 42- member taskforce to receive views from all stakeholders about the CBC which has already been implemented up to Grade six in an apparent show of displeasure in the manner in which the system is being forced down the throats of kenyans without being given a chance to air out their views on the system during its inception, piloting,roll out and even implementation.
Teachers service commission has been placed between the rock and had place to hire more tutors since the taskforce mandate will among its mandate look into the current staffing situation in our schools and inform the president on what to do as far as acute shortage of tutors in our schools is concerned.
This means that in the next six months TSC may not hire new tutors save for the continuous replacement of those tutors who have existed the service due to natural attrition and retirement.
There are about 350000 registered TSC unemployed teachers who had hoped to be absorbed by the government once junior secondary schools were set to begin January 2023.Their fate now hangs in balance for the next six months awaiting the taskforce report set up by the president last week.
There hope however,may be anchored in the presidential manufesto of the current president who promised to hire about 58000 teachers in two years and another equal number in another two years,this promise is yet to be fulfilled by the Ruto government now that it won the August 9 elections.
The president may have to wait for the taskforce report in order to make informed decisions about the really situation of the education system in Kenya in terms of cost,human resource and the suitability of the current education system versus the CBC in addressing the challenges facing Kenya in terms of education system and the skills required in the market to spearhead economic development in the country, remember Ruto has been drumming up the establishment of tvet institutions in order to develop skills among the youths which will jumpstart the economy of Kenya through manufacturing sector.
It’s a matter of time before the unemployed teachers will smile or cry as the taskforce report will be eagerly awaited in the next six months.